aaus-list @ ukrainianstudies.org -- [aaus-list] Re: The Key to Kiev?


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Motyl has written an optimistic article in FORIEGN AFFAIRS on
Ukrainian prospects. But I still would lke someone to explain why
people impovershed by IMF, and World Bank policies,  and corporations
like Haliburton, and Cargill  (all organized in the neo-liberal UKR-US
BUSINESS ASS.), and  people russified by the huge foreign -owned media
 concerns who produce only Russian audio-visual products in Ukraine,
will want to be part of the EU rather than Putin's new USSR?
Can corporate directors  dependent on ever higher quarterly profits
restrain their greed  and lose money in Ukraine for at least long
enough to convince Ukrainians that joining the EU and their
neo-liberal world order will improve their standards of life? What do
such people think about "business prospects" in a neo-imperial Russia
as opposed to a  neo-colonial Ukraine? Are they prepared to do
anything to ensure Ukrainians become something more than cheap-labour
for the EU? Who will check their power  and policies in Ukraine where
there is no EU style legislation which has assured todays crises in
continental Europe has hit people there less than in the UK and the
US?
 There is no reason to assume pauperized easterners will not at some
point turn away from the pinchuks and firtash's and akhmetovs and
tabachniks, with their foreign bank accounts and villas, and en masse,
join the Vitrenko's  the Efremov's and the Tsyhypko's -- this last
person,  people might like to know, has hired Russian nationalist IGOR
MARKOV of Rodina to run his election campaign in Ukraine. Just how
this is supposed to relate to Tsyhypko  supposedly being "pro west" as
claimed in the article is unclear. Also, there is no reason to assume
pauperized westerners will not at some point form new extremist
nationalist groups -- and thus effectively isolate themsevles from the
international community and become easy pickings for the Russians.
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-- 
Stephen Velychenko
CERES Associate;
Research Fellow,Chair of Ukrainian Studies;
Munk Center
University of Toronto
Devonshire Place
Toronto M5S 3K7


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